Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked To Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak


DISNEYLAND have shut down two cooling towers after nine visitors contracted Legionnaires' disease.

A Disneyland employee is among those who contracted the disease, according to the report.

Ten of the twelve were hospitalized and one person "with additional health issues" died, according to health officials.

An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Orange County has been traced to two cooling towers at Disneyland.

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County health officials identified Disneyland Park as a common location of eight of the cases last month, and have been working to identify potential sources, Good said. The patients, ranging in age from 52 to 94, lived or had spent time in Anaheim, and nine had visited Disneyland in September.

No other cases of the disease have been reported since September.

"Legionnaires' disease is not contagious, can not be transmitted person to person, and comes from a bacteria that is naturally in the environment, usually in water", says Dr. Hymel. The health agency said there is no ongoing risk to the public and no other cases have been reported, although they cautioned public health officials to be aware of the situation.

The towers are located near the New Orleans Square Train Station in the theme park. "It can become a health concern if it grows and spreads in human-made water systems and then comes in contact with vulnerable persons who inhale small droplets of contaminated water". "We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria", Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officers for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement Friday. Those towers were chemically treated and shut down to eliminate further infection. It is treated with antibiotics and hospital care, but one in 10 of those who contract the disease dies from infection. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove unsafe to those with lung or immune system problems. On Nov. 1, more testing and disinfection was performed and the towers were brought back into service on Nov. 5.

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